Saturday, June 3, 2017

Mark Ames — When Mother Jones Was Investigated for Spreading Kremlin Disinformation

Mother Jones recently announced it’s “redoubling our Russia reporting”—in the words of editor Clara Jeffery. Ain’t that rich. What passes for “Russia reporting” at Mother Jones is mostly just glorified InfoWars paranoia for progressive marks — a cataract of xenophobic conspiracy theories about inscrutable Russian barbarians hellbent on subverting our way of life, spreading chaos, destroying freedom & democracy & tolerance wherever they once flourished. . . . because they hate us, because we’re free.
Western reporting on Russia has always been garbage, But the so-called “Russia reporting” of the last year has taken the usual malpractice to unimagined depths — whether it’s from Mother Jones or MSNBC, or the Washington Post or Resistance hero Louise Mensch.
But of all the liberal media, Mother Jones should be most ashamed for fueling the moral panic about Russian “disinformation”. It wasn’t too long ago that the Reagan Right attacked Mother Jones for spreading “Kremlin disinformation” and subverting America.
There were threats and leaks to the media about a possible Senate investigation into Mother Jones serving as a Kremlin disinformation dupe, a threat that hung over the magazine throughout the early Reagan years. A new Senate Subcommittee on Security and Terrorism (SST for short) was set up in 1981 to investigate Kremlin “disinformation” and “active measures” in America, and the American “dupes” who helped Moscow subvert our way of life. That subcommittee was created to harass and repress leftist anti-imperial dissent in America, using “terrorism” as the main threat, and “disinformation” as terrorism’s fellow traveller. The way the the SST committee put it, “terrorism” and “Kremlin disinformation” were one and the same, a meta-conspiracy run out of Moscow to weaken America.
And Mother Jones was one of the first American media outlets in the SST committee’s sites….
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Mark Ames: When Mother Jones Was Investigated for Spreading Kremlin Disinformation

4 comments:

MRW said...

progressive marks. He thinks like I do. ;-)

MRW said...

My attitude is keep your fucking labels off me. ;-)

Ryan Harris said...

Louise Mensch, a former UK member of parliament, that worked for Fox News and now reports for her own blog and lives a posh lifestyle in NYC while investing in various social media platforms gets involved in the US election and tries to influence the course of it with false accusations and rumors about Russian interference. Her positions are oddly supportive of the official Foreign Policy positions of downing st.

Nobody questions Mensch's income and wealth though. Isn't it odd a foreign agent of the UK government can influence a US election with impunity. How many hours do you think it would take a reporter to document her work as being a part of UK foreign policy establishment?

Kaivey said...

You read this stuff about how the CIA infiltrates the trade unions, political parties, media establishments, causes coups and messes in other countries elections, as well as paying trolls to write to newspaper sites pretending the general public hating left wing politics, and they accuse Russia of messing with other countries politics.